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3551 Verenia, provisional designation 1983 RD, is an Amor asteroid and a Mars crosser discovered September 12, 1983, by R. Scott Dunbar. Although Verenia passed within 40 Gm of the Earth in the 20th century, it will never do so in the 21st. In 2028 it will come within 0.025 AU of Ceres.[3]

3551 Verenia
Discovery[1]
Discovered byR. S. Dunbar
Discovery date12 September 1983
Designations
MPC designation(1983) RD
MPO 337280
Mars crosser, Amor II
Orbital characteristics[2]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc11898 days (32.57 yr)
Aphelion3.11250 AU (465.623 Gm)
Perihelion1.07179 AU (160.338 Gm)
2.09214 AU (312.980 Gm)
Eccentricity0.48771
3.03 yr (1105.3 d)
241.121°
0° 19m 32.516s / day
Inclination9.51540°
173.840°
193.241°
Earth MOID0.0719179 AU (10.75876 Gm)
Physical characteristics
Dimensions0.9 km[2]
4.930 h (0.2054 d)[2]
0.37[2]
V[2]
16.75[2]

3551 Verenia was named for the first vestal virgin consecrated by the legendary Roman king Numa Pompilius.[4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "(3551) Verenia = 1983 RD". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 3551 Verenia (1983 RD)" (2010-08-07 last obs). Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  3. ^ "JPL Close-Approach Data: 3551 Verenia (1983 RD)" (2010-08-07 last obs). Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  4. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 298. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.

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